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The history of the Burmeister family begins almost a millennium ago, in the northern German region of Schleswig-Holstein, where the family name first emerged. The name Burmeister is derived from the German words "bur" or "bauer," meaning "farmer," and "meister," meaning "master;" thus, the name literally means "master farmer." Alternatively, the Low German term "Burmester" refers to the town elder who held the position just below that of the mayor. From this source, the original bearer of the name Burmeister was likely the master of an estate or a prominent figure in his village.
The surname Burmeister was first found in Schleswig-Holstein, where the surname was first recorded. The earliest known bearer was Godeke Burmeister, who lived in the city of Rostock in 1265.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Burmeister, Burmester, Burenmeister, Burmaster, Burenmester, Burenmeister, Boermeester, Buhrmeister and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burmeister research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1400, 1608, 1675, 1681, and 1714 are included under the topic Early Burmeister History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burmeister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Burmeister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Johann Gottfried Burmeister, aged 34, landed in America in 1843
- Friedrich Burmeister, who arrived in New York in 1850
- Leopold Burmeister, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1850
- John Burmeister, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
- Fritz Burmeister, who landed in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1888
Burmeister Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Joachim Burmeister, who arrived in Quebec in 1850
Burmeister Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Heinrich Wilhelm Burmeister, aged 30, a coachman, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Pauline"
- Paul Burmeister (b. 1971), NFL Network analyst, former AFL quarterback
- Ken Burmeister (b. 1947), American basketball coach
- Eileen Burmeister (b. 1924), American professional baseball player
- Daniel "Danny" Burmeister (b. 1963), American NFL football player
- Jana Burmeister (b. 1989), German association football goalkeeper
- Friedrich Burmeister (1890-1969), German geophysicist
- Arnold Burmeister (1899-1988), German Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
- Fritz Burmeister (b. 1888), German politician
- Karl Hermann Konrad Burmeister (1807-1892), German zoologist and entomologist, eponym of Burmeister's porpoise
- Saskia Burmeister (b. 1985), Australian actress
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- Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
The Burmeister Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burmeister Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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